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nothing about the targeting allegations of the irs. and g.o.p. lawmakers are insiferting, we will answer that, what they knew, when -- or knew nothing at all. they are vowing to, quote, get to the bottom of this. peter doocy's tracking this for us live in the bethway. good morning. >> good morning. not only does the white house say they were oblivious to the white house policies that were unfairly targeting conservingative groups, but a white house senior adviser says when the white house put a bull's-eye on parties with tea party or conservative groups, it may not have been political at all. >> look at what the inspector general said in their report and to congress on friday. 1; there is no evidence of outside influence, other than this came directly from the irs. and 2; this was not based on politically motivation. >> the house chairman thinks much, much differently than the white house advisers. this morgue, he said, not only was the irs giving the conservative groups unfair scrutiny, but they were leaking private tax information to the public -- also for political reasons. ryan is pr
in washington. two big stories tonight. the irs and benghazi. the president called one outrageous, the other a sideshow. let's start with the outrageous. taxes, if you're honest and pay them, the best feeling you get after april 15th is, well, that's over with. you try to believe the system is basically fair, that those progressive rates really mean something, that those irs people who go over your returns really are looking to keep people honest and they're fair about it. how else can you deal with this? this is if you don't have some basic faith in the system, you can't even do your return. so this, my progressive independent reasonably conservative friends, is how we live in this country. how we try to be good citizens. and we are the ones, we are the ones most furious about this irs story that's just come out. do those people know what they've done to undermine the basic civic faith we've all got about not being chumps, being honest at tax time? do they know what they've done to the faith of this republic and what it can do to keep us who we are? there are the right-wing people out there
. president obama now admitting the irs targeted conservative groups. just moments ago the president issuing a statement saying he has just reviewed the treasury department watchdog report and he finds the findings intolerable and inexcusable. president obama also saying those responsible will be held accountable. we will have much more on the breaking news in a minute. but first. >> the irs is the collection agency of the status. >> clearly we've only started to scratch the surface of this scandal. >> the irs is the collection agency of socialism. >> can you see categorically nobody at the white house and nobody on the president's political team had any knowledge or was involved in any way in the targeting of tea party groups by the irs? >> yes. >> this is going to hit a nerve with increasing numbers of people in the public because this is something people can identify with. people understands this. >> if there was specific deliberate targeting of conservative groups or any groups inappropriately, he would be outraged. >> there's no single agency in government that has the power that the ir
, where the attorney general is set to face questions about the i.r.s. targeting of conservative groups, as house speaker john boehner says he wants those responsible behind bars. >> the irs hat at mitted to targeting conservatives, even if the white house continues to be stuck on the word "if." now my question isn't about who's going to resign. my question is, who's going to jail over this scandal? >>> can the pentagon solve its sexual assault crisis? for the second time in two weeks, a military member is accused himself. >>> and honoring heroes, president obama pays tribute to police officers killed in the line of duty. >> as tough as the losses may be, your mission does not stop. you never let down your guard, and those of you who you protect should never let slide our gratitude, either. >> we should not -- and only in the week of tragedy, we should do it every day. >>> good day. eye chris cillizza in for andrea mitchell. >>> eric holder is moments away from facing tough questions, surrounding the irs handling of conservative groups. while applications from conservative groups sat in
called for the immediate resignation of acting i.r.s. commissioner steven miller in light of the i.r.s.'s admission that it targeted conservative groups for inappropriate scrutiny. while i was willing to give mr. miller and other i.r.s. officials the benefit of the doubt until the facts were in, the treasury inspector general report released on tuesday has erased any doubts as to the severity of the misconduct and blatant incompetence in dealing with it at the highest levels of the i.r.s. i'm pleased that president obama chose to heed the call that i made and others as well by dismissing mr. miller last nig night. this is a necessary step but only a first step toward restoring the credibility and the integrity of the i.r.s. this scandal is much larger than any one official within the i.r.s. any government official who knew about the misconduct within the i.r.s. and decided not to make this information public should be held accountable. no american taxpayer should ever have to worry that a group they belong to or a view that they espouse will subject them to less favorable tax treat
wednesday morning. right now on "first look," washington awash in controversy, surrounding the irs' targeting of conservative groups, the benghazi investigation, and the attorney general's remarks about the a.p. phone records subpoena. >> i have to say this is among if not the most serious leaks i've ever seen. it put the american people at risk. and that is not hyperbole. >> reaction from across the country to angelina jolie's revelation of a double mastectomy. >>> the u.s. embassy employee allegedly involved in russian espionage. >>> accusations that tiger woods lied at the players championship. >>> and can men ever really feel what women experience during childbirth? >>> good morning. the irs scandal is getting more serious after a harsh report by the inspector-general. it finds one irs office used what it calls inappropriate criteria to single out groups for extra scrutiny. this morning, president obama is directing treasury secretary, jack loo, to find those responsible. >> reporter: good morning. here on capitol hill, the grilling is already under way to some degree. the acti
american quite like the irs. even the president's fellow democrats aren't likely to tamp down the outrage of scandal. let's check in with gloria. clearly the obama administration is scrambling to contain this thing. with today's hearing the first of several, what kind of staying power does this have? >> this irs scandal is something that every american can understand. right, carol? this is something -- >> gloria, i want to interrupt you right now. the hearing is under way. i apologize. stay with us. let's listen. >> four days later, the treasury inspector general for taxpayer administration confirmed that, and i quote, the urs used inappropriate criteria to identify organizations applying for tax exempt status. this abuse of power began as far back as 2010. this revelation goes against the very principles of free speech and liberty upon which this country was founded. the ambulate ant disregard upon which agencies, and concerns about leadership, and let's establish the facts that we do know. based on the report, we know for an 18-month period beginning in spring 2010, irs in the agency's
progressive rates really mean something, that those irs people who go over your returns really are looking to keep people honest and they're fair about it. how else can you deal with this? this is if you don't have some basic faith in the system, you can't even do your return. so this, my progressive independent reasonably conservative friends, is how we live in this country. how we try to be good citizens. and we are the ones, we are the ones most furious about this irs story that's just come out. do those people know what they've done to undermine the basic civic faith we've all got about not being chumps, being honest at tax time? do they know what they've done to the faith of this republic and what it can do to keep us who we are? there are the right-wing people out there. they love this story. this baby. they always expect the worst. they get up in the morning figuring, well, they're about to be picked up by the fema workers and taken to concentration camps, or the black helicopters of new world order, they're coming to take their guns. yes, this expect-the-worst crowd just got an ear
volley. first benghazi. then the irs. now the associated mess. the justice department being blasted after using a secret subpoena to obtain months of phone records from the associated press without the a.p.'s knowledge. >> obviously, we're distressed that the justice department felt the need to seize our records and not tell us about it. >> so the very head of the a.p. firing off a letter to attorney general eric holder, saying there's no possible justification for what the a.p. is calling a serious interference. >> accident waiting to become a nuclear event. >> so the new specter of big brother looming at the irs is being condemned by the left and by the right. a house committee planning a friday hearing to dig deeper into the tax agency's tea party probe. and in the senate mitch mcconnell said this in just the last hour. >> this morning i'm calling on the president to make available completely and without restriction everyone, everyone who can answer the questions we have as to what's been going on at the irs. who knew about it, and how high it went. >> so the white house besieged by lo
on the barbie because right about now, it is holder on the hot seat. under fire overt ap, irs, so far no one punished. the house speaker not at all pleased. >> my question isn't about who is going to resign. my question is who is going to jail over this scandal? >> to the former democratic governor of virginia, doug wilder, says the president needs to get in front of this thing and fast. but governor, he seems to be running out of time and fast. are you surprised how quickly this is escalating and even the number of critical democrats who have emerged? >> to some degree, neil. but you've got to know that as emmerson said years ago, they ride mankind. so you can't ever anticipate what's going to happen. i think what is most surprising is the lack of immediate and quick response and as you pointed out, democrats are saying themselves, wait a minute. what's going on? the election is over. it's time to govern. and i think many americans are becoming so disenchanted with politicians on both sides of the aisle, and what emanates and comes from washington, they're just sickened of it and that's bad
're moments away from a statement from president obama. he will address the irs under bipartisan siege. also late this afternoon, a benghazi downtown dump within the last hour. if that wasn't enough, the attorney general spent much of the afternoon being grilled under oath over wiretaps. three scandals with one president under fire for all of it. we have fox team coverage tonight. james rosen with the breaking details on the benghazi document dump. we're going through it all. katherine harridge with eric tolder over first amendment abuses. and mike emanuel on the call for heads to roll at the irs. let's begin there as we await the president's remarks. >> on performance-enhancing the inspector general's report on activities at the irs, house speaker john boehner is convinced this is criminal. >> the irs has admitted to targeting conservatives, even if the white house continues to be stuck on the word "if." now, my question isn't about who's going to resign. my question is, who's going to jail over this scandal? >> the inspector general blasted the irs for ineffective management, delaying the
, especially if it involves irs agents supervising large swaths of it. but leaving aside the public's rightful indignation over nosey agents, this is much bigger than the irs. this is the president's agenda itself, an agenda that now looks in tatters. if you're the white house right about now, do you seriously think you're going to have your way on almost anything now, on raising taxes again on anybody, or pushing through more green energy initiatives for any one or having the upper hand on budget matters anytime soon? now, i'm not saying the president is a lame duck, but all of these scandals have left him a badly wounded one, and the more these hearings into the irs, spying, the justice department snooping and whole agencies benghazi-revising, you've got to ask yourself something: is this the week the white house proved weak? it's trying to defense the indefensible and proved even weaker. no heart what comes of these various embarrassments, this much is clear: the president's best excuse was that he was, well, out of the loop. he has gone from hands-on to hands-off, but it is still going to
whether you like it or not. open thread vote about the irs and everything else. see you tomorrow night, good night from washington. you. [ laughter ] >> i'm greg gutfeld along our panel and dana perino. it's 5:00 in new york city and slightly balmy. >> greg: one week ago president obama said this about government. >> you have grown up hearing voices that incessantly warn of government is nothing more than a some sinister entity at the root of all our problems, you should reject all these voices, because what they suggest that our our unique experiment in self rule is a sham which we can't be trusted. >> greg: about those voices, first they said benghazi about and then they say the irs and now the doj. you never know with our media will put up with everything. a.p.'s editor called obama clearly distressing. that is an understatement. what can you expect president obama snooping on the a.p. is like a husband keeping tabs on his wife. why don't you trust me. after all that dirt i dug up, you still don't love me. but it's on a.p. for trusting obama. left's golden rule, all is permiss
committee on the irs scandal is getting under way. among those set to testify is steven miller who was ousted as a acting commissioner days ago and the treasury inspector general. we have more from capitol hill, and what we can expect from this important hearing? >> that is right, david. it is an important hearing and our chance to hear from steven miller who was the director of the irs who was dumped by this week. and also we will hear from the inspector general who wrote the report that said that the irs had been politically targeting specific tea party and other groups for specific unnecessary criticism and skepticism about the tax-exempt status. this is what russell george said. the irs used inappropriate criteria that identified for review tea party and other organizations applying for tax exempt at the status based upon their names or policy politicians instead of indications of potential political campaign intervention. this says that they were targeting groups op purpose and not comparing other liberal groups to the same scrutiny. we have not been given anned a vns copy of
allegations in this growing controversy over irs targets of conservative dproups a as more and more religious organizations are claiming they, too were subjected to intense scrutiny by the taxman. good morning i'm jamie colby and it is great to have you. kelly it's great to have you too. >> kelly: i am kelly wright. welcome to news headquarters. they are set to grill a top irs watchdog as a focus and intensity of the investigation ramps up. now these new complaints from religious groups are getting quite serious attention. elizabeth pranm has who are details on on this. >> reporter: among the claims the irs says conservative groups or patriots in their titles while applying for tax exempt status. agency may have paid specific attention to religious organizations. according to religion news service biblical recorder a baptist news and billy graham organization was targeted back in 2012 and catholic league says it was targeted after the 2008 election. at the time the irs claimed that intervened in the political campaign. the catholics united education fund claims it languished for years before
today congress tried to get them by holding the first hearing on the irs scandal. outgoing commissioner steven miller was asked to testify before the house ways and means committee. >> as acting commissioner i want to apologize on behalf of the irs for mistakes we made and poor service we provided. >> do you believe it is illegal for employees of the irs to create lists to targeted individual groups and citizens in this country? >> i don't believe it is. >> you know the terms tea party patriots were being used and you acknowledged they were outrageous. when you were asked about this after you were briefed that was the answer i gave snus how can we conclude you mislead the committee? >> i did not. >> can you assure this committee that none of this information by was shared or given to any other federal agency? >> i would be shocked, congressman, if that happened. >> kimberly: i think they are just getting started. i would say this is the tip of the iceberg. >> eric: yesterday, we ran the soundbite of eric holder. the sound on tape montage, i don't know, i don't know. i can't say. i don't
it lative portion of the term. yesterday, blamed lapses in the irs on the bureaucrats. saying the fact that employees singled out groups was because of bad management, not political motives. the inspector general's report says the quote inappropriate criteria was used for 18 months in targets groups for review. it resulted in unnecessary information requests. the report blames insufficient oversight by irs management, but quotes irs supervisors as saying no one outside the irs asked the conservative groups, get the extra scrutiny. the report also reveals that some applications were delayed and have remained open for years. most were never denied. yesterday at a news conference, attorney general eric holder promise promised an investigation. >> i think as everyone can agree, if not criminal, they were outrageous and unacceptable, but we are examining facts to see if there were criminal violences. >> and although the report beats the living daylights out of the middle managers, it's unlikely to satisfy the political anger out there. on tuesday, republicans were as energized and focused a
wild white house edition. >> the acting commissioner of the irs is out. >> someone needs to be held responsible. >> my question isn't about who's going to resign. >> there are calls for more heads to roll. >> my question is, who's going to jail? >> culture of corruption. every day a new eruption. >> someone needs to be imprisoned. >> americans are right to be angry about and i am angry about it. >> you don't have to be sherlock holmes. >> the irs was all about electing obama. >> it should not matter what political stripe you're from. the irs has to operate with absolute integrity. >> the president called them tea baggers. he said he wanted to punish his enemies. >> when citizens fear the government, there is tyranny. >> the internal revenue service will be the enforcing mechanism of obama care. >> it's clear they were on a jihad. >> bureaucracy on spring break gone wild. >>> good afternoon. we begin with a scandal that is gripping the republican party as they try to gauge just how far they can stretch the parameters of controversy that are troubling the white house. at this hour, th
done? >> it is absolutely not illegal. >> it is not illegal what the irs has done. >> so let me understand the question, what is your statement as to what is illegal? >> do you believe it is illegal for employees of the irs to create lists to target individual groups and citizens in this country? >> i think the treasury inspector general indicated it might not be. others will be able to tell na. >> what do you believe? >> i don't believe it is. >> there were empassioned statements by pennsylvania's mike kelly. >> i just think the american people have seen what's going on right now in their government this is an outreach and i yield back. >> also, importantly, we learn from the treasury inspector general today that the deputy secretary, was told about the i.g. audit last june 2012 before the election. so did the irs do itself any favors? today's hearings? today we begin with bob cos is that, the national review. what itself the headline here in. >> the treasury knew in june of 2012, they may be targeting conservative groups and they didn't tell the public. that's the headline, la
is about none. if investigators find a white house influence on just is department or irs on this situation that could hurt democrat chances of taking house or holding senate next year's midterms, they can be referendums on the president. will have a impact on his agenda, if you lose law make freres both side, too -- makers from both sides, that farm offensive, that could become problematic, that seemed like an area where there could be a bipartisan achievement to get something done. president as leader it could be problematic. neil: rich edison thank you. >> tomorrow we might get an indication it all hits fan, house, ways and means committee holding a hearing into this mess. and kansas senator pat roberts sits on that committee with a lot of questions and consents, what do you want to know? >> i want to know why they lied to me, i want to know why i have a letter in my hand i senne clear back in july, i did not get a respond until 9/11 of all dates, i asked specifically, was there any targeting, steve miller. the man who president asked jack lew to ask him to resign, he is still there he
to demand next. on the i.r.s., one head has finally rolled. does that mean this whole thing is over? we'll talk about that and more right here on current tv. to the fire. are you encouraged by what you heard the president say the other night? is this personal, or is itcal? a lot of my work happens by doing the things that i'm given to doing anyway, by staying in touch with everything that is going on politically and putting my own nuance on it. in reality it's not like they actually care. this is purely about political grandstanding. i've worn lots of hats, but i've always kept this going. i've been doing politics now for a dozen years. (vo) he's been called the epic politics man. he's michael shure and his arena is the war room. >> these republicans in congress that think the world ends at the atlantic ocean border and pacific ocean border. the bloggers and the people that are sort of compiling the best of the day. i do a lot of looking at those people as well. not only does senator rubio just care about rich people, but somehow he thinks raising the minimum wage is a bad idea for t
opresscorps on irs scandala direct question about whether anyone in white house knew of irs targeting of conservative groups before the inspector general a report was leaked. >> let me make sure that i answer a specific question. um, i can assure you that i certainly did not know anything about the igrespect, before the risk g reportheig report had bee press. lou: some might consider that an artful dodge for the president, but it seems to be more evasion, and deflect, and hardly a straight answer, that leads to us treasury department, and internal revenue service. acting irs commissioner stephen miller was first informed on may 3 of last year, about his agency's practice of targets conservatives, and tea party groups applying for tax exempt status, miller failed to inform congress for more than a year even as he wrote numerous letter to congress in which he explained how tax exempt approval, the process, worked. treasury secretary jack lew. did not speak about the irs admission for 5 days. he waited 5 days before making any sort of comment to the american people, and state department,
amendment lawyer. >>> eric holder set to speak in just a few moments. >>> the a.p. scandal, the irs targeting of conservative groups and benghazi. republicans see a trifecta. >> over the past few days, we've heard many in the media talk about how this has been a rough week for the administration. that's true, it's been a worse week for the first amendment. >> last night, president obama shared his frustration with wealthy donors in manhattan. >> i sure want to do some governing. want to get some stuff done. i don't have a lot of time, i've got three and a half years left and it goes by like that. >>> at the shore, prince harry and chris christie. meet new jersey residents hit hard by superstorm sandy. plus, why did angelina jolie undergo a double mastectomy? a top breast cancer doctor joins us to talk about genetic testing. >>> and ouch -- last season's rookie of the year, the nationals' bryce harper becomes the talk of the senate after a frightening face-first collision with a fence. >> he's chasing a ball at full speed and runs into the wall full speed. i talked to his mom and dad
that president obama doesn't know these i.r.s. people does him no good. the u.s. government serves the people and he is the one in charge. when the cincinnati office of the i.r.s. goes rogue, it's his job to show who is boss. why didn't he jump on it. taking charge. this president and his democrat alies need to show they own the i.r.s. story. and finally, told you so. the writers said again and again the government is no good. does this ineptitude from targeting the tea party to targeting the "associated press" cause for mitch mcconnell to grab control of the senate. i'm chris matthews. th us today, howard fineman, gloria borger, hunt hunt and -- kasie hunt, david ignatius. they may have resonated out in the country this week, passive, leading from behind. the opponents have ramped it up to challenge the president's very integrity. here is the republican chairman of the house ways and means committee on friday charging a white house culture of cover-ups. >> it seems like the truth is hidden from the american people just long enough to make it through an election. the american people have a ri
morning, everyone, the president accepts the resignation of the top guy at the irs. he was leaving next month anyway. we still have no clue who ordered the intimidation of the president's opponents in the middle of an election campaign. thoss benghazi e-mails, they show an administration telling anything, but the truth. why couldn't they just say, this is what happened? and spying on journalists? i don't know, says the attorney general of the united states over and over and over again. third world. but the markets don't care. remember, scandal equals gridlock, equals rally. "varney & company" is about to begin. [ male announcer] surprise -- you're having triplets. [ babies crying ] surprise -- your house was built on an ancient burial ground. [ ghosts moaning ] surprise -- your car needs a new transmission. [ coyote hls ] how about no more surprises? now you can get all the online trading tools you need without any surprise fees. ♪ it's not rocket science. it's just common sense. from td ameritrade. it's just common sense. all stations come over to mithis is for real this time. step s
here in "the situation room." the president speaking on the irs scandal from the white house in about 35 minutes or so from now. we'll have live coverage when the president makes his statement on the irs. that's a whole separate scandal. we'll get into that in a moment. let me bring up dana bash up on capitol hill. dana, we're watching all of these investigations unfold, the benghazi investigation, the irs investigation, the associated press phone conversations investigation. there are three at the same time. it's almost unprecedented at least in my opinion having covered washington for a long time for three such investigations to be brewing at the same time. i know you're standing outside the speaker's office, john boehner. he and other republicans have been asking the white house to release all of these e-mails involving the so-called benghazi talking points. now they have been released. are we getting any reaction yet from republicans up on the hill? i think we may have lost dana, unfortunately. but she is standing outside the speaker's office. as we know, the speaker and others ha
tonight with two irs scandals. one that is positively roiling the beltway and the country and another that has received so little attention it might as well be a secret. the president today responded to the scandal everyone's heard about, the one that broke open. when the irs admitted the agency targeted for extra scrutiny conservative and tea party groups seeking nonprofit status. >> this is pretty straightforward. if, in fact, irs personnel engaged in the kind of practices that had been reported on and were intentionally targeting conservative groups, then that's outrageous. and there's no place for it. and, they have to be held fully accountable. i've got no patience with it, i'll not tolerate it and we'll make sure that we find out exactly what happened on this. >> the president taking the position pretty much all reasonable people are taking on this scandal, which is that it's outrageous that a government agency would be targeting political groups based on ideology. it's unacceptable and the sort of thing that cannot be allowed to happen in this country. but that scandal does not
has trouble on three fronts as you may know. the irs illegally investigating conservatives. the assassination of libyan ambassador christopher stephens still not defined after eight months. and the justice department secretly obtaining the phone records of some journalists. today, the president met with the turkish prime minister who looked a little confused and then answered questions about the three controversies. we begin with the irs deal. >> i'm outraged by this in part because, look, i'm a public figure. if a future administration is starting to use the tax laws to favor one party over another or one political view over another, obviously we are all vulnerable. >> bill: okay. mr. obama fired the irs acting director last night and replaced him today with another bureaucrat. but there is deep suspicion in some circles that the liberal obama administration created an atmosphere where far left zealots in the irs were basically unsupervised. they could do what they want. that's a hard charge to prove but, there is no question that mr. obama's administration is ideological.
. >>> already taking heat for the benghazi response and the the irs targeting of conservatives the obama administration today faced growing outrage for collecting the phone records of a.p. journalists. then the attorney general eric holder dropped a bombshell saying the subpoenas were in response to an extraordinary leak that posed the great threat. he said to the american people. let's go straight to our crime and justice correspondent joe johns for the latest. >> reporter: wolf, the justice department's sweeping subpoena of media telephone records was just highly unusual especially in a town like washington d.c. where you know the exchange of sensitive information is purely part of the fabric. but the attorney general made the case today that the leak of sensitive information that started this investigation was extraordinary in and of itself. the top law enforcement officer in the country says a leak of sensitive information was so serious that the justice department was justified in issuing a sweeping subpoena for telephone records from reporters and an editor of the associated press
to say about the irs. your favorite department, right? favorite agency? good night from bad wad back here tomorrow night at 10:00 p.m. eastern. them. leftovers. >> bill: the o'reilly factor is on. tonight: transparency and the rule of law will be the touch stones of this presidency. >> wow. what happened to that? the obama administration is now stonewalling three separate controversies. and it is paying a terrible price. >> how does the president say with a straight face americans who trust their government? >> bill: tonight, we will report on all the controversies with bob beckel, kirsten powers, dennis miller, james rosen, and carl cameron. >> bill o'reilly wants to know how you think the country is doing right now. >> it's a longer discussion than a red carpet. bill buy the world stunned by actress angelina jolie underwent a double mastectomy. a close friend of ours did that as well. we will talk about e.d. hill about her discussion. >> late breaking news. the president fires the head of the irs. caution. you are about to enter the no spin zone, the factor begins right now.
? >>> president obama says the acting irs commissioner is out. white house in damage control mode. what big steps might they take to do more than just stop the bleeding? >>> devastation in texas. at least six people are dead. another dozen or so are still missing and many more injured after a tornado tore through the area. >>> in afghanistan, a suicide car bomber kills 16 people including six americans. it comes after months of relative quiet and it comes from a group that's not the taliban. good morning from new york. very busy thursday, may 16th, 2013. later this hour we'll talk to florida senator marco rubio about everything going on in washington. does it have an impact on immigration? we'll have details of a note that accused boston bomber left in that backyard boat about his motives. let's go to this live press conference that's happening in texas. take a listen. >> i don't really have next time to say that we'll get together and do a press conference but we've been asked about doing a tour out to the scene so we're going to have a bus available. i don't want all of the big trucks. we don't
: the targeting of the irs by the tea party and other conservatives. >> was the irs using inappropriate criteria in its review of organizations applying for tax exempt status? yes. was the irs delaying their applications? yes, and finally, did the irs ask unnecessary and inappropriate questions of applicants. again, yes. >> it was inadvertent. just some odd underlings out of cincinnati that did this and there was no political motive whatever involved. the question is how stupid do they think we are? >> geraldo: stupid or crafty, the second scandal plaguing the administration is still the spin the state department put on benghazi. >> ongoing obsession with talking points and benghazi and the attempts to politicize that. constitute a side show driven interests.or largely by >> the fact that the state department was intimately involved in this and they were taking out factual information because they were worried about the political ramifications of that, i think that is a pretty important point. >> geraldo: and perhaps the most important point or at least the scandal closest to home for working re
talking points, the irs controversy the administration is trying to diffuse the backlash. welcome everybody, good morning. live in "america's newsroom". i'm bill hemmer. martha: it sure is. welcome, everybody. i'm martha maccallum. president obama as you saw last night ordered some big changes at the irs. he wanted to make sure unfair misconduct never happens again there. let's look at some of that. >> it is inexcusable and americans are right to be angry about it and i am angry about it. i will not tolerate this kind of behavior in any agency but especially in the irs. given the power it has and the reach it has in all of our lives. martha: here's what they have done. irs workers admitted they targeted conservative groups for extra scrutiny as they applied for tax-exempt status. the agency's acting commission was gone. a lot of talk he was on the way out any way. we'll get to more of that later. there have been a lot of developments since the story first broke. here what we know. it started three years ago back in 2010 when the irs began inappropriate screening for conservative g
questions on those stories including number one, that the irs has now admitted that it inappropriately targeted groups with conservative, political leanings. we are now hearing that the acting irs commissioner actually knew about this for a year. soon he will have to answer on to a growing list of congressional committees that are investigating the matter. how did the acting head know about it for a year and president obama tells us yesterday he learned about all of this from a news report on friday? like the rest of us? how can that be? this comes less than 24 hours that from reports that the doj grabbed months of phone records from the associated press is what is being called an unprecedented intrusion into the freedom of the press. eric holder department's taking records from multiple ap offices. we believe they were subpoenaed and obtained but without any noticed to the ap. getting records from nearly 2 dozen phone lines and countless journalists their home phones, their cellphones, the records of everyone they called because eric holder or his deputies wanted to know with whom the
the irs and spying on the press by the department of justice. as an often sympathetic press corps in a lather not seen since george bush sat in the white house. wendall goler begins our coverage. >> pressed over missteps by the justice department and irs and lingering questions over the benghazi tragedy, spokesman jay carney denied the white house was under siege? >> absolutely not. we are focused the things that we can do to help the middle-class. the things we can do to help the economy forward. >> reporter: there were questions in which he largely declined to answer questions about the justice department collecting the phone records of a.p. reporters? >> in this situation where the department appears to be conducting a criminal investigation, it would be wholly inappropriate for me to have answers to the questions. >> reporter: they were trying to find out who leaked information about a failed al-qaeda plot. the president just found out about it last week. >> what about calling up eric holder and what happened? >> a great deal prevents the president from doing that. imagine the
. >> this is a fox news alert. there are breaking developments tonight out of washington regarding the irs enemy's list scandal. a short time ago fox news learned that a second top official at the tax agency has announced plans to resign. now for the latest on the fallout surrounding the scandal and much more we head to washington. doug, what's the latest? >> the second ira executive to announce his plans to retire is joseph grant, commissioner of the tax-exempt entities division. he's an 8-year vet and former staffer of the house ways and means committee. that's the tax writing committee on the house side. surprisingly he was promote today his position only eight days ago, two days before the scandal broke. previously he worked for the democratic majority of the powerful ways and means committee. under the former illinois congressman. irs employeesed thousands to causes but two-thirds benefited democrats and liberal leaning organizations. one of those donors was douglas shulman. he was a george bush appointee and contributed $5,000 in 2004. the first hearing on the irs scandal commences tomorro
>> we'll see you tomorrow. >> the tax man in trouble. growing calls to investigate irs after the agency, which is supposed to remain neutral, admits to targeting conservative groups right before the 2012 election. organization using t names patriots or tea party in their application for tax exempt status were flagged for further review. the irs now apologizing, but the bigger issue developing. this is the same agency set to enforce the new health care law. someone here says watch out. folks opposing obamacare could be the next target. hi, everyone. i'm brenda buttner. this is "bulls and bears." here they are. gary, tobin, jonas, john, and david. nice to have you. welcome to everybody. toby, you said based on history, anyone who goes against the health care law should be ready for an audit? >> yeah. the history started with kennedy. get back to his enemies. there was audits. nixon is famous for this. it's been a historical per view of the president to go after his or her enemies with audits. by the way, that is about the biggest way you can get to somebody's face and this type
they asked about rumors of bias against conservative groups three times and the irs replied with denials of any knowledge of that kind of policy five times. >> peter with the very latest in washington. we'll be talking about this quite a bit. thank you. eric. >> also dominating this weekend's headlines, the mounting questions for the white house as the country now learns the administration's official story on the terror attack that killed those four americans in benghazi. turned out it was heavily revised. twelve different changes made to the talking points delivered by united states ambassador susan rice when she explained on five sunday affairs programs that the attack was a spontaneous demonstration prompted by that youtube video. this as new e-mails revealed the white house was involved in some of those revisions leading to charges that the white house tried to mislead the country. it denies doing that intentionally and denies any political motivation. for someone at the highest levels of white house debates in previous white house we turn to him, i don't know bolton, fox contributor
want to ask you about the irs. can you assure the american people that nobody in the white house knew about the agency's actions before your council office found out on april 22 and when they did find out do you think you should have learned about it before you learned about it, as you said last friday. also, are you opposed there being a special council appointed to lead the justice department investigation. and mr. prime minister, what is the status on the efforts to normalize relations with israel? do you still plan to go to gaza in the coming weeks? >> with respect to the irs, i spoke to this yesterday, my main concern is fixing a problem. we began that process yesterday by asking and accepting the resignation of the acting director there. we will be putting in new leadership that will be able to make sure that following up on the things and gather up the facts, those who have taken these outrageous actions. as i said last night, it is just simply unacceptable for there to be even a hint of partisanship for ideology when it comes to the application of our tax laws. i'm going ask f
for a body in motion. >>> if you've got the irs operating in anything less than a neutral and nonpartisan way, then that is outrageous, it is contrary ri to our traditions and people have to be held accountable and it's got to be fixed. >> president insisted those responsible will be held accountable as you heard. senate democrats including majority leader reid are now joining republicans in expressing outrage and the retiring chairman of the senate finance committee says his committee will investigate this quote outrageous abuse of power. >>> on syria, the president and prime minister have condemned the violence. >> we'll continue work to establish the facts around the use of chemical weapons in syria. >> syria's history is being written in the blood of her people and it is happening on our watch. there is no more urgent international task than this. >> we'll talk about the tonal differences between cameron and obama. >>> and the whole issue of this, of talking points frankly throughout this process, has been a side show. suddenly three days ago, this gets spun up as if t
in controversy surrounding the irs's targeting of conservative groups, benghazi investigation and attorney general's very serious remarks about the ap phone records subpoena. >> i have to say this is among if not the most serious it is within the top two three, most serious leaks that we've seen. it put the american people at risk and that's not hyperbole. >> reaction from all across the country, angelina jolie's revelation of a double mastectomy. >> an american arrested in espionage. >> accusations that tiger woods lied at the players championship. >> can men ever feel what women experience during child birth? "early today" starts right now. >> announcer: this is "early today" for wednesday, may 15th. >>> good morning. the irs scandal is getting more serious after a harsh report from the inspector general. it finds one irs office used what it called an inappropriate criteria to single out nonprofit conservative groups for extra scrutiny. nbc tracie potts is live in washington with the latest. busy tiles and now they're looking for those responsible. >>> exactly, and we knew this would hap
discussion. >> late breaking news. the president fires the head of the irs. caution. you are about to enter the no spin zone, the factor begins right now. >> hi, i'm bill o'reilly. thanks for watching us tonight. the obama administration going south fast. can it save itself that is the subject of this east coast's talking points memo. headline right now the irs scandal could be worse than benghazi as the president fires irs chief stephan miller. at this point mr. obama had to do that. >> i will do everything in my power to make sure nothing like this happens again. by holding the responsible parties accountable, by putting in place new checks and safeguards and going forward by making sure that the laws applied as it should be in a fair and impartial way. the irs admitting it targeted conservatives. listen to this. just hours earlier, than what the president just said, jay carney was saying that the white house can't really explain how the irs corruption happened because fbi is investigating. i cannot obviously comment on the investigation that the attorney general announced the other day.
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